Today we offer congratulations to the family child care providers in Massachusetts who earned accreditation or reaccreditation from the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) in the second quarter of 2011 – April 1 to June 30.
Kathy Modigliani, who runs the Bay State-based Family Child Care Project, remembers noticing the positive impact going through the accreditation process had on center-based teachers. Why not do something similar for family child care providers? Today NAFCC operates the only nationally recognized accreditation system established specifically for home-based family child care providers. Modigliani led its development between 1995 and 1999, when she was based at Wheelock College in Boston.
NAFCC accreditation has standards in five content areas: relationships, environment, developmental learning activities, safety and health, and professional and business practices.
“There have been many studies that have shown that accredited providers offer a significantly higher quality of care than others,” Modigliani noted in an interview last year.
In going through the accreditation process, Modigliani observed, early educators put into practice what they learn in college courses or Child Development Associate (CDA) training. “To motivate providers to put what they are learning into practice is something accreditation is important for,” she said. “I really think accreditation for both centers and homes is a critical piece in the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) because it assesses what is happening in the program.”
Congratulations to the nine family child care providers in Massachusetts who earned NAFCC accreditation or reaccreditation in the second quarter of 2011:
Agawam: Bobby Hollins
Boston: Kathleen Arki (Hyde Park), Isabel Herasme (Dorchester), Siobhan McHugh (Brighton), Gayle Sutton (Dorchester)
Malden: Claudette Jules, Gabrielle Tovar
Medford: Mary McCarthy, Maria Russo
And here’s a list of Massachusetts family child care providers who were accredited as of the end of the first quarter of 2011.